Can you find a job on Twitter?

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 11:29 PM |

Like most organisations now, EthicalJobs.com.au has embraced Twitter as a way to communicate with our community of users, and to get feedback from them too.  So far, we've mostly used Twitter to let people know about news from EthicalJobs.com.au, give-aways and freebies, or when we've found something interesting and job-related that we think people might find interesting too.

But there's been some interesting discussion lately on a couple of blogs about job-seekers actually using Twitter to both boost their employability, and to find actual jobs.

Over at Fairfax, Leon Gettler looks at how social networks like Twitter might help you get a job.  He seems a bit sceptical that Twitter could really help find a job, compared with traditional job search methods. But he also points to BusinessWeek reader Stephen Kohnle's article on the subject, who is a lot more positive about the potential of Twitter and other social networks, asking:

Why am I doing all this? Because getting noticed by prospective employers and recruiters is the name of the game! People who can demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of a particular industry, or whose name appears when a Web search is conducted, are more likely than not to be noticed first. Indeed, a job seeker who is also a content producer—by demonstrating a passion for a particular topic through posting content online—and attuned to social media will attract, and spot, job opportunities.

And of his personal experience, Stephen writes:

The bottom line: In today's competitive job market, it will be the resourceful and self-motivated participant in social media that will find the perfect job. And rather than sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring, I'm using an array of interactive Web opportunities to meet decision-makers and stay on top of what's going on.

Over at Harvard Business Blogs,employment experts Jeanne C Meister and Karie Willyerd present the case for Twitter from an employer's perspective, pointing out that not only have "those companies who have turned toward Twitter . . . found it an efficient way to identify passive job candidates who might not be scanning job boards", but also that companies are starting to use social media as a crowdsourcing tool for job descriptions.

Back at EthicalJobs.com.au we've been toying with the idea of having a regular Twitter feed of the most exciting jobs on our site.  Is that something you reckon would be worthwhile?  Let us know in the comments below - or Tweet about it!